03 May 2011
Madeleine McCann disappeared four years ago. The couple registered the
girl three months after she was born, and to the Judicial Police, never
explained the reason why
She was registered 3 months after being born and celebrated her birthday
on a third date
Read more details in the paper edition of 'Correio da Manha.
She was registered 3 months after being born and celebrated her
birthday on a third date
Four years have passed since Madeleine McCann disappeared from the
tourist resort where she was spending her holidays with her parents and
friends in Praia da Luz, in Lagos, Algarve. The police case is still
shelved without the mystery being resolved, between the hypotheses of
abduction, murder or fatal accident - and the police do not have an
answer from the McCanns: why was the little girl was registered 3 months
after being born and celebrates her birthday on a different date.
Maddie disappeared from her bedroom where she slept with her twin
siblings Sean and Amelie on the night of 3 May 2007. The date of birth
on her passport - the only identity document given by the family to the
PJ - is 12 May 2003 and this is the date when her birthday is
However, in accordance with a document from the Leicestershire police -
the area of residence of the McCann family - which reached the PJ 15
days after the child's disappearance, Madeleine McCann was born on 12
March 2003 and was registered on 5 June the same year. In view of the
difference of 3 months between the birth and the registration, the same
report alerted to the possibility that the child had another father -
but DNA tests confirmed that Gerry was the father. The sample which was
used in the tests, in an English laboratory, was a hair found in her
bedroom, assumed to be hers since it was proven that it did not come
from her younger siblings.
The parents, Kate and Gerry, never explained the differences in the
birth dates and the birthday and why they took three months to register
the little girl. Sources close to the investigation assured Correio da
Manha that they never had any replies to these questions. The
investigators ended up assuming that the delay in the registration was
due to formalities with the artificial insemination.
The book "Madeleine", written by her mother, will be launched on 23 May.
The profits will go to the parents' fund.
A profile of Maddie's speech admitted the possibility of her being slow
in learning to speak. The mother denied this.